Archive for August 2nd, 2011


Summer Arts Education Institute: Day 1

August 2, 2011

Leadership, Assessment, Technology

Today was the first day of the Summer Arts Education Insitute at Maine College of Art (MECA). Eighteen teacher leaders participated in a jam pack day that felt like several days instead of only one.

Below is today’s agenda that will give you an idea of what we’ve been involved in all day. Our beginning sessions on utilizing technology, foundations of assessment, and


Arrival, Breakfast & check in activities

9:00 to 9:30 (Room 264)

Welcome, Conference Overview & History, Essential Questions

9:30 to 10:30 (264)

“Where are we?”

10:30 to 10:45- Break

10:45 to 11:30 (Student Ctr)

Introduce individual Action Plans, discuss roles and responsibilities for 2011-2012 school year

11:30 to 12:30 (Café)


12:30 to 12:45 (264)

Grad Cred Students Mtg

12:45 to 1:30 (264)


Types & Language

1:30 to 2:00 (264)


2:00 to 2:15 – Break

2:15 to 3:00 (264)


3:00 to 3:45

(Vis Art 264, Music S.C.)


3:45 to 4:00 (264)

Daily de-brief

4:00 Planning team mtg

4:00 to 6:00

Supper on your own

6:00-8:00 (264) Optional – OER group panel sharing

I will post some pictures tomorrow of the participants hard at work!


News Release: Imagination Intensive Communities

August 2, 2011

2010 communities website announced

NEWS RELEASE – New Resource for Creative Education

A new resource is available for parents, educators, organizations, and others who want to strengthen educational opportunities in their communities. The Maine Alliance for Arts Education (MAAE) and its partners and funders, the Maine Department of Education (MDOE), the Maine Arts Commission (MAC), the Kennedy Center, and Bangor Savings Bank, have announced the Imagination Intensive Community (IIC) web pages, available on MAAE’s website at Strategies and examples from exemplary Maine communities offer information on how to provide learning opportunities that foster and develop the creative skills students need for success in the 21st century.

Through the innovative Imagination Intensive Communities project, MAAE, MDOE, and MAC have identified, researched and celebrated communities where schools and organizations work effectively in collaboration to offer strong creative learning opportunities, including arts education, for their students. In 2010, six communities were named IICs: Deer Isle-Stonington, Blue Hill, Camden-Rockport, North Haven, York, and Arundel. The new web presence provide information on each of those communities. In 2011, The Telling Room, a downtown Portland nonprofit writing center, was named an IIC. A  web page will be added this fall on the Telling Room.

The Maine Alliance for Arts Education (MAAE) is a statewide nonprofit that works to strengthen education in all of the arts for all Maine students. For more information on this project and other activities of MAAE, visit or email .


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